scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: 21 Scouts...
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blackeagle@SCOUTER.NET
Wed Nov 17 1999 - 19:38:57 CST
Terry Cook wrote:
>There seems to be some confusion about where the "21 Scout" Troop size came
>from. A couple years ago National did a survey of Troops that the Councils
>considered the "best" Troops in their Council. Among the results was that the
>AVERAGE size of the Troops was 21 boys, hence 21 Scouts is the optimal size.
>This does not mean that you cannot provide an excellent program with 5 boys or
>with 50 boys just that the Troops that the Councils decided were the best
>averaged 21 boys. You must remember that YOUR criteria and the Councils
may >be entirely different and is based on their perception of a Troop.
I've got to agree with Terry, gang. The BSA has long taught (through
Scoutmaster basic/Fundamentals, and its' precedessors as well as through
Wood Badge) that the OPTIMAL Troop size is thirty-two youth and four adults.
Thirty-six (36) individuals. If a Troop is larger than that by a quarter
(40 youth, five adults, 45 total), then "careful consideration needs to be
made concerning splitting the Troop" (yeah, right! *laughter*).
What works BEST with a Troop is a combination of factors:
*The relationship of the chartered partner organization with it's Troop.
The better the relationship between the organization and its Troop, the
larger the Troop can be
*The experience and training levels of ALL adults (not just the Scoutmaster
and Assistants, but all of the other adults involved in the unit). The
higher the training and experience level of the adults involved, the larger
the Troop can be and therefore managed
*The program of the Troop and whether or not it is carried out. This may be
a *duh* statement, but the better the Troop's outdoor program and its weekly
Troop program, the more boys that will join and stay as part of the program.
The size of the city or community, number of other Troops nearby, and even
the number of Cub Scouts graduating to the Troop has little to no bearing on
those factors above. If a Troop has those elements, it doesn't matter if
the Troop has 21, 38, or 112 members.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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